Commitment guarantee

Perth Glory co-owner Tony Sage believes the club will tackle the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season with a renewed passion after the entire playing squad pledged their commitment to the Glory shirt.

Perth Glory co-owner Tony Sage believes the club will tackle the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season with a renewed passion after the entire playing squad pledged their commitment to the Glory shirt.

Mr Sage emerged from an early Friday morning meeting with the players confident they are focused on turning the club-s season around.

“We asked for their 100% commitment and that is what we received,” Mr Sage said.

“I have been given an undertaking from each player that anyone who pulls on the Glory shirt will give their all for the club. As an owner, and also as a passionate supporter of the club, I can-t ask for anything more.

“There is no doubt we have the talent in the squad to win matches and they-re hurting after the results so far.

“The players have given us their commitment and in turn we-ll do everything we can to back them up. There is a genuine feeling of confidence returning amongst the group and I believe that much better things are to come this season,” Mr Sage said.

As part of the club-s on going review practices CEO Scott Gooch has identified the need to allocate additional resources to the football department to ensure best practice is implemented in preparation, play and recovery.

“We have already made a significant investment in the club but will make further resources available to ensure we have best practice,” Mr Sage said.

“This will bolster our football department and in turn enable Coach Dave Mitchell to get this team firing on all cylinders.

“Dave has our total support and also that of the all the players to lead the club to a successful future,” said Mr Sage.

A leadership group will also be formed to assist Captain Jamie Coyne with the additional responsibilities he has undertaken this season. Experienced striker Eugene Dadi and long time Glory star Jamie Harnwell will join the leadership group with Coyne to head the three man panel and continue to lead the team as Captain.

“The leadership group is something we-ve discussed for a while and feel that it can help the squad,” Mr Gooch said.

“It is in no way a reflection of Jamie-s job so far, in fact he endorsed the idea and has said from day one that he is developing into the role and appreciates the opinions from the playing group.

“Jamie Harnwell and Eugene Dadi have wonderful experience in the game and will no doubt bring a variety of ideas to the table. Mixing that in with Jamie Coyne-s commitment to the group and passion for the Glory we-re sure it will have positive outcomes for the club,” said Mr Gooch.